Willie Mays, Billie Jean King, Harry Belafonte Honored By MLB

June 4, 2010  |  

(Black News) — Willie Mays says it was all worth it. The Hall of Fame outfielder was honored with one of Major League Baseball’s Beacon awards on Saturday as part of its annual Civil Rights weekend. Mays recalled at a luncheon that he experienced prejudice when he broke into the big leagues, and he had a standard response. “You have no idea what I had to go through,” said Mays, now 79. “You have no idea what they would call me. But the more they called me, the farther the ball went.

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